Raining, clothes washing, drying, and time for a little sunshine. I scrapped what was suppose to be monochromatic, but I forgot while doing it, and painted some blue gouache on the picture and page. This is in Stonington, CT, a few years back, when we were able to pick up our little one and carry her to the car after she washed her feet in the brisk Atlantic Ocean.
Scrapping by candlelight. Here is a picture of the studio, a seat closest to the window for more light. I never caught anything on fire, but wished I had a fire burning to keep us warm. I'm sure, one day, all the photo's I took of the days without power will show up on the blog, trees down, snow in the tub for toilet water, spoiled lab dogs, etc...
Ten days without power, and ten days of scrapping by flashlights and candlelight. And now, we are blessed to have power, phone and internet back. You just don't realize how much you use things until they are gone. Here are some of the layouts I did by candle light. It was fun, but by day 7 I was frustrated, reaching for something that ran on electricity. But it taught me to use what I had and to keep it simple. Oh and paint, glimmer mist, etc...takes longer to dry a 45 degree cold room! The things I learned...
I'm so excited, I get to take a mixed media class at Inspiration Station, in CT this coming weekend. I can't wait, it will be so much fun. Hope all is well for everyone. Elaine
So they are predicting a wintry mix tonight, brrr...and it's still October. Good night to do some scrapping and card making. Here's a picture of me and my youngest years back, celebrating Mother's Day. I love when kids pick flowers for me, it's so sweet and loving. Keep warm.
I love when our girls get together, and just laugh and smile. Although there is an age gap, they bring out the brightest smiles when they are together. I used some left over Gesso from another project to cover up an error and ended up painting the entire 12 x 12 sheet. But I like to look at this picture, because I remember taking it, and recalling the smiles.
I love Saturdays, especially today. Our oldest daughter is here for a visit, lucky us! We will get into the studio later this week. (I can't wait!) I finished the second batch of ATC cards. They are using more of the fun Tim Holtz goodies that I um, acquired, somehow, someway...
Ah, what a glorious sunrise in our backyard. The turkeys attempting to peck around for food. And the snow is indeed melting away. So far, no flooding in our area or basement. What a blessing indeed.
This is a close up of a project I'm working on. That's my mom and her mother, in the early 1950's. Playing with a lot of new Tim Holtz items, fun fun times.
And one batch of ATC cards down, and one to go for a swap. Don't look, if you joined the swap, tee hee! Have crossed off a lot on my list of things to do, and enjoying walking the dogs outside, finally.
Over at Big Picture Classes , Karen Grunberg teaches Embrace Imperfections Workshop. What a wonderful two weeks to learn about what you are thinking during your creative time, and what you can do to embrace your imperfections. Afterwards, the assignment was to make a book, with quotes. I used DCWV Vintage Collage Stack for paper, and added embellishments and kept it simple. The paper speaks for itself. I'm thinking about taking another class there...so much to learn and it's on line. Works for me!
Embrace your imperfections and allow them to flow creatively through your life. Blessings, Elaine
We have a turtle, named Queso. He's simply an incredible, interesting and quirky reptile. Never gave a thought to a turtle and its personality until this silly fellow arrived in our life. Here's a simple layout that expresses it all.
Hope you find laughter in your day today Blessings, Elaine
Still trying to finish up January snow storm photo's. Good grief, we had cabin fever bad. Is there such a thing as too many pictures of snow?
This is the year our youngest learns how to use the snow blower. She had more fun blowing the snow on me, while taking pictures of her, than clearing our driveway! I did a mix of swirls and photo frames to make the feminine and masculine blend a bit.
Here's a fun tag. Pulled out the water colors and enjoyed a bit of painting on the stamp. I love this skein of ribbon I bought at the knitting store. My friend, Hannah works there and pointed it out to me. PURPLE = Purchase in my life. I only wish I could knit better, but until then, I am finding ample ways to enjoy this vast wealth of colors.
Below is the flower at the top of the tag. So wild and free. And purple! One white rosette bud (not colored) from the Tim Holtz ribbon.
One more for the challenge. My favorite type of mixed media, dirtied hands art! Nah, that's just what I call it. Another fun stamp bySandra Evertson, what a talented artist! She created the stamp above also.
What exactly does "it feels like -2 degrees" mean? Really cold, colder than cold. The Connecticut River defines it for me. It's a rustic river flowing right now. My husband took several pictures and I did a simple layout, using Kraft paper for the 12 x 12.
I can't complain. It's a pretty snow day. White powder fell all morning. It's over, a few melted inches. The birds are signing, sun peeping through the clouds, not a bad day at all.
Working on all the snow pictures of 2011. Here's one of my daughter, after we shoveled snow off the roof. It was a perfect jump from the roof to the ground, that was covered with 5 feet of cushioned snow. She's always loved to jump, and in snow is no exception.
Hope your day is full of wonderful jumps! Blessings, Elaine
WOW! I love the Prima flowers, and as a bonus, check out the background they come on. Free clear printed words! Just so much fun to play with. I put a cut out of "Two Sisters" by Renoir on top of the words, with Bohemian scrapbook background paper, added vintage lace and a patched up flower.
I've been playing with some mix media simply collages. Allowing myself to use different media. This one, (sorry if the baby scares you) I used some oil pastels to work around the layout. I haven't touched my oil pastels for some time. Had to pull them from underneath the water colors...yet another media to dust off!
Hope you are always exploring in your world Blessings, Elaine